RTDNA is proud to partner with the International Center For Journalists, which coordinates journalist exchange programs and journalism projects across the world. ICFJ works with thousands of journalists to improve their craft and to cover stories of importance in their countries.


Upcoming programs


A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America
Applications are due by November 13, 2017. Please click here to apply.

In 2018, the International Center for Journalists will continue to expand its network of digital journalists, technologists and media entrepreneurs from Latin America as part of the “Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America” program. For this revamped version of the program, ICFJ will bring 36 more Professional Fellows from 12 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru. ICFJ will also send 12 more U.S. hosts to Latin America for two-week study tours as part of the exchange.

Program dates for first round of Latin American fellows:
Recruitment of fellows: Fall 2017
Selection of fellows: Winter 2018
Arrival in the United States: April 23, 2018
Orientation: April 24-April 28, 2018
Attachment phase: April 29-May 28, 2018
Travel to Washington, D.C.: May 29th
Professional Fellows Congress: May 30 – June 1, 2018
Depart the United States: June 2, 2018

Program dates for second round Latin American fellows:
Recruitment of fellows: Spring 2018
Selection of fellows: Summer 2018
Arrival in United States: October 8, 2018
Orientation: October 9-October 13, 2018
Attachment phase: October 14-November 12, 2018
Travel to Washington, D.C.: November 13, 2018
Professional Fellows Congress: November 14-16, 2018
Depart United States: November 17, 2018


Current programs
Current programs already underway include exchanges with journalists from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.


U.S.- Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism
In Partnership With: United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP)

A multi-year program will bring 230 Pakistani media professionals to the United States and send 70 U.S. journalists to Pakistan. Journalists will study each other's culture as they are immersed in newsrooms in each country.

The program will be knit throughout with events and opportunities to experience U.S. life, showcasing its diversity. Similarly, the U.S. participants, who will represent the Pakistanis’ U.S. media hosts during the internships, will go to Pakistan for two-week programs during which they will learn the realities of Pakistani journalism and national life through site visits, interviews and opportunities to interact with journalists, officials and ordinary Pakistanis.

Participants on both sides will have opportunities to report on their experiences in each country, which will help to educate their audiences and dispel myths and misperceptions that people carry in each country about residents of the other.
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Strengthening storytelling & audience engagement through data journalism & civic innovation
In Partnership With: Code for Africa

Code for Africa, founded in 2012 by ICFJ Knight Fellow Justin Arenstein, is the continent's open data and civic technology pioneer, designed to spark the use of open data and “digital democracy” tools by media and NGOs to better engage citizens. Read more


The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship
Each year, outstanding media professionals from the United States, Canada and Germany are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other's countries as part of The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program. The program offers young print and broadcast journalists from each country the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as "foreign correspondents" for their hometown news organizations.

The Arthur F. Burns Fellowships is a competitive program open to media professionals between the ages of 21 and 37 who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station, news agency or who work freelance and/or online. Participant qualifications also include a demonstrated journalistic talent and a strong interest in European affairs. Foreign language proficiency is an important consideration in the selection process.

Ten U.S. journalists are each granted a $4,000 living stipend while they are abroad, with an additional $1,200 for domestic airfare to Washington and international airfare to Germany. The program also covers lodging in Washington, D.C. for a joint one-week group orientation session in July. Selected Fellows not fluent in German will spend the first two weeks of the Fellowship in intensive German language classes. Expenses will be covered and details will be made available after fellows have been selected.

The program - under patronage by German Ambassador Dr. Peter Ammon in Washington and U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson in Berlin - is jointly administered by the International Center for Journalists in Washington, D.C. and the Internationale Journalisten-Programme (IJP) in Königstein, Germany.

For more information, including the application form, please visit www.icfj.org/burns or contact burns@icfj.org.



U.S.-Austrian Journalism Exchange Fellowships
Each year three to six outstanding media professionals from the United States and Austria are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other's countries as part of the U.S.-Austrian Journalism Exchange Fellowships. The program offers young print and broadcast journalists from each country the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as "foreign correspondents" for their hometown news organizations. The program aims to foster greater understanding and knowledge of both countries among future media leaders and their audiences.

The program is administered jointly by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in Washington, D.C., and the Kuratorium für Journalistenausbildung (KfJ) in Salzburg, Austria. The fellowship program is funded by donations from Austrian government and U.S. government agencies, and private-sector corporations and foundations. Read more.


Impact
Read more about how ICFJ programs have real impact across the world:


GKillCity's "Counter-Cultural" Presence Redefines News in Ecuador

Take the deep contributor pool of the Huffington Post, add the tone and perspective of Global Voices plus the card-style contextual reporting of Vox, and you have GkillCity, a multimedia news platform in Ecuador. Read More

Tracking Politicians' Careers and Positions with Technology

One of the best-known principles of geometry says that if two points are on a plane, the line that passes between those points is also on the same plane. Data visualization platform Cargografías applies this concept to politicians' careers, allowing voters to trace the path of candidates running for public office from their first political move to their most recent. Read More

Pakistan Alumni Summit Builds Digital Journalism Skills

More than 120 participants in ICFJ’s Pakistan-U.S. Professional Partnership program updated their digital journalism skills at an alumni summit held in July at the Centre for Excellence in Journalism in Karachi. Read More


Outreach
ICFJ also operates the International Journalists Network, which provides an online exchange of stories, ideas and strategies.

For more information about upcoming programs and how to apply to be a program participant or host, please visit the ICFJ website.